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Eryx elegans (GRAY, 1849)

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Higher TaxaBoidae (Erycinae, Erycidae), Henophidia, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Central Asia Sand Boa
G: Afghanische Sandboa 
SynonymCusoria elegans GRAY 1849: 107
Eryx elegans — BLANFORD 1876: 402
Eryx elegans — BOULENGER 1893: 128
Eryx jaculus czarewskii NIKOLSKY 1916
Eryx elegans — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 204 
DistributionAfghanistan, S Turkmenistan

Type locality: Afghanistan.

Type locality: Koppeh Dagh [Eryx jaculus czarewskii NIKOLSKY] Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 43.7.21.70. 
CommentDistribution: The NE Iranian populations of E. elegans are conspecific with E. jaculus (ESKANDARZADEH et al. 2013, Rastegar-Pouyani et al. 2014). Eryx elegans has been erroneously (?) reported from India. Not in Pakistan fide KHAN 2004. 
References
  • Blanford,W.T. 1876. Eastern Persia, an account of the journeys of the Persian Boundary Comission, 1870-71-72. Vol. II. The zoology and geology. London, 516 pp.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1892. Description of a new snake from Nubia. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 9: 74-76 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • ESKANDARZADEH, Naeimeh;, Jamshid DARVISH, Eskandar RASTEGAR-POUYANI, Fereshteh GHASSEMZADEH 2013. Reevaluation of the taxonomic status of sand boas of the genus Eryx (Daudin, 1803) (Serpentes: Boidae) in northeastern Iran. Turkish Journal of Zoology 37: 348-356 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1849. Catalogue of the specimens of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Edward Newman, London, i-xv; 1-125. - get paper here
  • Jones, C. 2004. Sandboas. Reptilia (Münster) 9 (47): 20-30 - get paper here
  • Jones, C. 2004. Sand Boas. Reptilia (GB) (34): 12-23 - get paper here
  • Kluge A G 1993. Calabaria and the phylogeny of erycine snakes. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 107 (4): 293-351
  • McDiarmid,R.W.; Campbell,J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Nikolsky, A. M. 1916. Faune de la Russie, Reptiles vol. 2, Ophidia. Petrograd, 396 pp. [English translation by A. Mercado, Israel and Smithsonian Institution, 247 pp.]
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT A 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics4 (1): 7-30
  • Sorensen, D. 1987. The genus Eryx. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 23(2):21-25 - get paper here
  • Szczerbak, N.N. 2003. Guide to the Reptiles of the Eastern Palearctic. Krieger, Malabar, FL, 260 pp. - get paper here
 
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